Currituck County

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Currituck County is named for the American Indian word for “wild geese” and rendered as “coratnk”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Chesapeake, Virginia and Virginia Beach, Virginia

E – Atlantic Ocean

S – Dare County

W – Camden County


Created:  1760                                        Map of North Carolina highlighting Currituck County

County Seat: 

Currituck  1760 – present


County Courthouse – Currituck  


Location:  153 Courthouse Road / Caratoke Highway

Built:  1842

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Currituck. The south front has a red colored brick portico with balcony on the second story. The center section projects slightly from the main building and rises to a wide peak at the roof line. A horizontal belt runs between the first and second stories and along the roof line. The building was remodeled in 1897 and 1898 with the addition of the second story. The contractor was Saint Louis Art Metal Company. The building was remodeled in 1952. The architect was Leslie N Boney of Wilmington. In 1989, an elevator was installed.  In 1998 and 1999, the building was expanded along the north and west sides. The architect was Cederquist Rodriguez Ripley Maddox and the contractor was Virtexco.


Note:  To the west of the courthouse is the Old Jail constructed in 1820. The building is one of the oldest jails in North Carolina. The building is a three bay Jacobean brick two story rectangular structure. The brick walls are thirty-two inches thick.


County Justice Center – Currituck  


Location:  2801 Caratoke Highway / Currituck Sound Road

Built:  1996 – 1998

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Cederquist, Rodriguez, Ripley and Maddux of Chesapeake, Virginia

Contractor:  W M Jordan Construction Company of Newport News, Virginia


Description:  The building faces west and is a one story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds to the northwest of the old courthouse.  The west front has a portico with eight columns forming three arches. The roof is hipped. 


History:  The first courthouse was erected in 1760. The second courthouse was built in 1842 and is still standing. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1996 to 1998.




County Courthouse – Currituck






















Old County Jail – Currituck







Photos taken 2012